Star Valley Incumbents Fall Behind

Henderson in top three with challengers McKinney and O'Conner

Star Valley council candidates include (top row, left to right) incumbents Paty Henderson, Del Newland and Vern Leis; (bottom row, left to right) challengers Andy McKinney, Bob O'Connor and  Jeff Provencher.

Star Valley council candidates include (top row, left to right) incumbents Paty Henderson, Del Newland and Vern Leis; (bottom row, left to right) challengers Andy McKinney, Bob O'Connor and Jeff Provencher.

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Star Valley Council Paty Henderson appreared headed to re-election based on early mail-in ballots, but fellow incumbents Del Newland and Vern Leis both appeared headed for defeat.

Instead, challengers Bob O’Conner and Andy McKinney took second and third place, although late mail-ins and ballots cast at the polls have yet to be reported.

O’Conner actually led the field with 205 votes or 22.6 percent of the vote.

Henderson had 187 votes, or 21.72 percent of the votes cast.

McKinney has 178 votes, or 19.6 percent of the votes cast.

Leis had 151 votes, or 16.7 percent.

Challenger Jeff Provencher had 93 votes, or 10 percent of the votes cast.

Newland placed last, with 82 votes – or 9 percent of the votes cast.

The low key campaign didn’t uncover any sharp differences among the candidates. They all promised to protect Star Valley’s small town feel, low budget, modest municipal services at an improved relationship with neighboring Star Valley.

Although the use of the Tower Well emerged as an issue in neighboring Payson, in Star Valley none of the candidates made an issue of Payson’s use of water from that Star Valley well.

Star Valley Mayor Ronnie McDaniel had no opposition.

Meanwhile, voters gave overwhelming support to Star Valley's Home Rule proposition, with a 73 percent margin.

The Home Rule provision allows the town to exceed a state spending limit. If voters had rejected the proposition, it would have resulted in a drastic cut in the town budget -- but wouldn't have reduced taxes.

Comments

Ken Boone 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I vote at the polling place not an early ballot. I was told at the polls that every voter in Payson and Star Valley was listed as an early ballot by mistake. This means all ballots had to be taken to Globe for manual review and certification. This also means they have not been counted as of yet. 08/27/2014 0700. That's a lot of ballots people. Where are they?

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H. Wm. Rhea III 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I too, was quite upset at the early mail in ballot - can we call it a fiasco? They (the poll workers) told me it was a County Recorders Office decision to do that. No matter who made it, it was stupid! Another story here on the Roundup says something like 1,700 ballots will be hand inspected in Globe. That means that unless a candidate has more votes than the next guy, by at least that much, everyone will be on pins and needles until Friday.

Delays make me start to worry about tampering, rigging, etc... and are not fair to the voters or the candidates.

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